What's the cheapest way to add ADAT to my i-book?

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  1. Unburst

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    I want to use my i-book as an fx expander for my home studio, I figure if I had an ADAT compatible interface I could use it like an eight channel multi fx processor.

    Anyone recommend a cheap Firewire interface that has ADAT?
     
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    I'm not totally clear on your application and I need your definition of "cheap" before I can make a recommendation.

    Robert
     
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    I want to record on my main mac and bus audio to my i-book via ADAT for processing via reverbs etc.
    I also want to run Guitar Rig on my i-book and record it via ADAT to my desktop mac.

    My definiton of "cheap" is the least I have to pay to get ADAT in and out of my i-book, since I already have good A/D's on my desktop I literally just need ADAT.
     
  4. heinz

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    man I wish it were that easy, I've been looking around for a straight adat mobile i/o solution for a while. My whole studio is adat connected using a z-sys 8.8a to route.

    A lot of mobile adat stuff is a pcmcia card out to a rack space unit with tons of other i/o like the RME or Echo/layla stuff. I have found a pci card (pc only though) that is straight adat only (the Marian Marc A) and use 2 of those in my pc daw.

    Anyway, basically I am of no help, but would also like to know. :cool:
     
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    I think the MOTU stuff might be the way to go...

    not really THAT expensive, and you can also get a little more than just ADAT I/O.

    my 2c
     
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    Dont know if theres a cheap firewire interface with ADAT lightpipe but the Digidesign 002 rack or console comes highly recommended.
     
  7. Unburst

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    I was thinking that too but I'm hoping to get something more portable than a 1u rack.

    I think the M-Audio Firewire 1814 is the closest I've seen, MF is doing it for $599
     
  8. TAVD

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    Someone needs to make a pci slot firewire enclosure. The closest thing I can find is the Magma cardbus pci box. That would allow me to use my old Terratec adat card with my notebook.
     
  9. Unburst

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    Do you mean PCMCIA?
    If so you might find one here:
    http://www.firewiregear.net/
     
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    TAVD Guitar Player Gold Supporting Member

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    Not exactly what I had in mind. Check out the Magma enclosures. They're more along the lines of what I was thinking about, but at $995 just for a single pci slot, it more than offsets the savings you'd get from using a $100 Terratec adat card.

    The Magma is basically an enclosure for a pci card with a cardbus interface, similar to a hard drive enclosure. A more cost effective enclosure using a usb2/firewire interface instead of the cardbus would be an ideal solution. It's unforunate that nobody makes such a device, at least that I'm aware of.
     

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